May 21, 1958

SHIPPING

COASTAL TRADE

PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, this afternoon I am tabling copies in English and in French of the report of the royal commission on the coasting trade. I am not going to make any attempt at the moment to summarize the findings of the commission, but I should like to assure the house that these recommendations will be given careful study by the government. I think I speak for all members of the house in expressing our thanks to the chairman of the commission, Hon. Mr. Justice Spence, and his two associates, Mr. Wickwire, Q.C., and Mr. Belanger, C.A., for their exhaustive study and the carefully documented report they have produced.

Topic:   SHIPPING
Subtopic:   COASTAL TRADE
Sub-subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORT OF ROYAL COMMISSION
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CANADIAN NATIONAL STEAMSHIPS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE AND SALE OF VESSELS

PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. George H. Hees (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I thought I should advise the house that the following statement is being issued today by Mr. J. A. Sauve, general manager, Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited:

The management of the Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited, has completed a careful exploration of what was involved in a restoration of its service between Canada and the West Indies. As a result of its appraisal of all the factors, the management has decided to abandon the service, dispose of the assets by sale and wind up completely the company's affairs.

The registry of the eight vessels of the fleet has been transferred from Trinidad to Canada for the purpose of the sale. Offers for the vessels will be invited immediately through public advertisement in the press. Preference will be given to any Canadian company which intends to operate the vessels in the Canada-British West Indies trade. Owners reserve the right to sell the vessels any time if a satisfactory offer is received.

In the view of management, the fact that the vessels have been out of service since July 4, 1957, has meant that long established traffic connections have been obliged to make other arrangements and the outlook for the future made it most unlikely that heavy operating losses could be avoided. Private carriers have expanded their schedules and extended their routings to cover the service previously given .by Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL STEAMSHIPS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE AND SALE OF VESSELS
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Laurier):

Mr. Speaker, I do not know whether I am in order at this juncture, but I wonder whether the minister would answer one or two queries that are in my mind. First, can he tell the house what purpose was achieved by the transfer of the flag from Canada to Trinidad and the retransfer from Trinidad to Canada?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL STEAMSHIPS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE AND SALE OF VESSELS
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Mr. Speaker, at the time of the transfer of the flag from Canada to Trinidad the management of Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships, Limited, thought the steamships could be operated satisfactorily under that flag. In the meantime they have decided that that is impossible, and have therefore decided to register the ships in Canada again for the purpose of the sale.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL STEAMSHIPS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE AND SALE OF VESSELS
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

May I be allowed one other question. How many deep sea ships now remain under the Canadian flag?

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL STEAMSHIPS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE AND SALE OF VESSELS
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PC

George Harris Hees (Minister of Transport)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hees:

Mr. Speaker, I believe that exactly the same number remain under the Canadian flag as when the Liberal government was defeated on June 10, 1957.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL STEAMSHIPS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE AND SALE OF VESSELS
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of this group may I say that we regret very much to hear of this action on the part of the Canadian government, particularly in view of the previously announced policy of prominent members of the Conservative party. I shall have more to say on this question later.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL STEAMSHIPS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE AND SALE OF VESSELS
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LIB

Lionel Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Chevrier:

Page the Minister of Public Works.

Topic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL STEAMSHIPS
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE AND SALE OF VESSELS
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RAILWAY ACT

AMENDMENT RESPECTING REDUCTIONS IN RAIL SERVICE

CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-ll, to amend the Railway Act.

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING REDUCTIONS IN RAIL SERVICE
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Some hon. Members:

Explain.

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING REDUCTIONS IN RAIL SERVICE
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CCF

Herbert Wilfred Herridge

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Herridge:

Mr. Speaker, subsection 1 of section 168 of the Railway Act deals with the abandonment of the operation of any line of railway, and provides that the operation of any line may be abandoned with the approval of the board of transport commissioners. There is no provision in the act in relation to a reduction or proposed reduction of service. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to provide that the

Inquiries of the Ministry board may, at the request of an interested municipality, deal with such reduction of service.

In brief, the purpose of this amendment is to use a dose of legislative cortisone to strengthen the presently palsied hands of the board of transport commissioners and give them the power to prevent any unwarranted reduction of train service.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   RAILWAY ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT RESPECTING REDUCTIONS IN RAIL SERVICE
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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

PROVISION OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS WITH PAY FOR EMPLOYEES

CCF

Erhart Regier

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Erhari Regier (Burnaby-Coquillam) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-12, to provide for pay for statutory holidays for employees and for pay for work performed on statutory holidays.

Topic:   INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Subtopic:   PROVISION OF STATUTORY HOLIDAYS WITH PAY FOR EMPLOYEES
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May 21, 1958